We would consider ourselves pretty versed in chassis lighting, and we have to say that the NZXT HUE+ is the best system in one box we have seen yet. Low power draw, an amazing amount of brightness, and once CAM is in use, the doors blow open with options and funky ways of lighting your chassis.
While we do realize that most users will eventually pick a mode and stick with it, unless showing off the capabilities to a friend. We were stuck in CAM playing around with all the lighting options and being mesmerized by motion, color options, patterns, and with trying the audio options as well, it had to be three or four hours of playing before we set it and left it alone.
Of course, you can buy strips online, and they even come with controllers or remotes. While they may be a cheaper option, you have none of the ease this kit offers, and all of the cutting, soldering, and connectivity is given to you right out of the box with NZXT's solution. We liked how easy everything was to install, and with all the various cable lengths for the extensions, it is easy to keep any and all wiring hidden from view. Being 10mm wide allows the lights to tuck nicely inside the edge, and the only places we had slight issues were along the top as tabs from that panel are where the strips are, and we also had a hard time passing the AIO. Other than that, with some planning, you can eventually win and get some serious lighting installed in your PC.
The NZXT HUE+ is going to cost you $60, and right now there isn't much shopping around for a better deal. Even so, we feel it is worth every single penny that you have to invest. The options are nearly endless, the preset modes will keep you busy for days, we actually cannot find a single reason that anyone would not choose this over more antiquated solutions to chassis lighting. We have not seen a kit that is so comprehensive in components and connectivity, and nothing we have tested comes close to what NZXT offers in the HUE+. Put simply, if you have plans to illuminate your chassis, you need HUE+ in your life.
Chad's Chassis Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD4-B3 (buy from Amazon)
- CPU: Intel Core i7 2600K (buy from Amazon)
- Cooler: Corsair H80i GT (buy from Amazon)
- Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws F3-12800CL6D-4GBXH (buy from Amazon)
- Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 970 AMP. Extreme Edition (buy from Amazon)
- Storage: SuperSpeed 128GB (buy from Amazon)
- Power Supply: SilverStone SST-ST85F-G (buy from Amazon)
- OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit (buy from Amazon)
Last updated: Nov 15, 2019 at 01:16 pm CST
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The Bottom Line: NZXT and its HUE+ are about to dominate the chassis lighting game! Plenty of options, millions of colors, no dials, and nothing to see but the glow of LEDs. Until we see something amazingly better, when it comes to chassis illumination, our recommendation is this product; there is nothing better currently.
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